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    Transformative Science Happens Here

    From genomes to ecosystems and from planets to the cosmos, Carnegie Science is an incubator for cutting-edge research that is defining new fields of discovery. Working across disciplinary boundaries, on a scale that encompasses the entire natural world, Carnegie researchers are pursuing the most-important scientific questions of the day and exploring new research directions that could redefine our collective future.

    Carnegie President Eric D. Isaacs
     Carnegie Science President Eric D. Isaacs

    A Message From Our President

    This has been an exceptional year in the history of Carnegie Science. In the face of a global pandemic, our community has remained creative, resilient, and caring. We have made important discoveries, expanded our roster of exceptional scientists, and achieved crucial milestones to strengthen our Institution for years to come.

    I am pleased that Margaret McFall-Ngai joined Carnegie as the Director of our new division in Pasadena. With her leadership we will build on Carnegie’s longstanding expertise in exploring the natural world and pursue a new approach to asking big questions about the origins and development of life and its interdependencies with Earth’s ecosystems—many of which are threatened by climate change.

    Over the past year, we’ve welcomed several outstanding new Staff Scientists across our Institution: Planetary atmosphere scientist Peter Gao, mineral physicist Anne Pommier, astronomer Ana Bonaca, marine and freshwater ecologist Elena Litchman, and global change scientist Jeffrey Dukes. We have also grown our Staff Associate program with three very talented, interdisciplinary early career scientists: engineer and ecologist Lorenzo Rosa, who advances climate change mitigation strategies across food, water, and energy systems; microbial ecologist Emily Zakem, who investigates connections between microbial ecosystems, global biogeochemistry, and the climate system; and plant biologist Adrien Burlacot, who specializes in the bioenergetics of algal cells and plants. We should be proud that our international reputation enables us to continue to recruit some of the most talented and creative researchers in the world.

    This organization has endured and flourished for more than a century because our founder understood the powerful results that can be achieved when great scientists have the freedom and resources to follow their curiosity. Our leaders have also understood that great institutions have the potential to define new fields of investigation and that they must seize new opportunities as they arise.

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    Pasadena Timeline

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    Carnegie announces that the Departments Global Ecology and Plant Biology will relocate from Stanford to Pasadena as part of an enhanced alliance with Caltech and and effort to make a decisive impact in climate research

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    Carnegie convenes Building Committee to evaluate needs for new facility in Pasadena.

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    The search for the new division director is launched. 

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    Carnegie determines that the Department of Embryology will also relocate to a new facility in Pasadena that house an integrated, interdisciplinary division for life and environmental sciences, further strengthening our partnership with Caltech.

    Margaret McFall-Ngai named inaugural Director of Carnegie’s new division for integrated life and environmental sciences.

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    Advancing Carnegie

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    Bold Initiatives

    Carnegie scientists are empowered to lead cutting-edge, interdisciplinary initiatives, defining new fields of investigation and laying the groundwork for tomorrow's breakthrough discoveries. 

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    Leading the Way

    Carnegie investigators are pursuing novel avenues of inquiry and expanding our understanding of the natural world at every scale, from genomes to ecosystems and planets to the cosmos. 

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    New Talent

    Carnegie attracts top-tier talent across our areas of expertise. These individuals bring exciting new ideas and are destined to make major contributions in the scientific enterprise. 

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    The Next Generation

    We love to share the wonders of discovery with science fans of all ages. Carnegie outreach and education initiatives aim to make science accessible, inclusive, and thrilling for everyone. 

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